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Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater on 1981-02-26

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Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater on 1981-02-26

Set 1:
d1t01 - Feel Like A Stranger
d1t02 - Althea >
d1t03 - Little Red Rooster
d1t04 - Bird Song
d1t05 - Me And My Uncle >
d1t06 - Big River
d1t07 - Peggy-O
d1t08 - Passenger
d1t09 - Tennessee Jed
d1t10 - The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
d2t01 - Crowd/tuning
d2t02 - China Cat Sunflower >
d2t03 - I Know You Rider
d2t04 - Samson And Delilah
d2t05 - He's Gone >
d2t06 - Jam >
d3t01 - Drums >
d3t02 - Space Jam >
d3t03 - Truckin' >
d3t04 - Black Peter >
d3t05 - Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad >
d3t06 - Johnny B. Goode

d3t07 - U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Uptown Theater
Location Chicago, IL

Source Matrix of SBD(4597) and AUD(20342)
Transferred by Chris Chappell


Reviewer: mustin321 - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2015
Subject: If I had my way...
Sound doesn't start out great but gets better as show goes on.
Just like most GD recordings.
Great Bird Song and Big River. And an always solidly beautiful Peggy-O to even out a decent 1st set.
Tennessee Jed just sounds like he's been trying to get back to TN for a while...
2nd Set starts out really strong with a good China>Rider and probably a top 5 ever
Samson & Delilah. Not a huge Samson & Delilah fan but this version is rockin'!
The rest of the show is pretty solid, The jam after He's Gone was great but the He's Gone itself was not quite as moving as most versions I've heard. There are a few sound issues throughout but overall, not that bad.
Reviewer: lilrichwhiteboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2014
Subject: Great Show. Very Good Matrix.
A great show in a great run. The Uptown was pure, red-plushed pleasure. This is a very nicely blended matrix too, though the vocals are a little too upfront for my liking. I added a lot of reverb in Sound Forge to soften it up and move Bobby and Jer back a bit which takes the edge off the board. Jerry and Bobby being in good voice makes this SBD/AUD mix just that mush sweeter. The 27th is a solid five stars. This show skirts the edges of that "X" Factor energy with a solid ending. Highly recommended upload.
Reviewer: timewarpwiretap - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2013
Subject: Special Venue
I attended this show and it was sweet. The Uptown was a fine place to see the boys. Got a couple fiery clean sugar cubes and had friends down from MPLS.

I remember a few years earlier standing in line there when the show got canceled. Only time that happened and the disappointment is still there.
Reviewer: Ivan Balakhonov - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2013
Subject: Best source
This source takes the best from AUD and SBD and it results in relatively crisp and well-balanced sound. Band sounds more real here in comparison with id4597, and it is possible to hear Phil so I regret that when it was my first time listening to this show I chose soundboard.

As for music itself, the concert overall is very good but there's nothing in the setlist that really captures attention.

1st set: nice version of Bird Song, energetic Passenger, too much of Brent's toy piano and not too much of expression.

2nd set: the real highlight of the show is jam out of He's Gone. At first you might suspect it will evolve into The Other One, but in few minutes jamming begins to live the life of its own, calming and turning into mellow noodling, then there's a tease of NFA fading into Drums. Other than that I can distinguish only Truckin'.

Quality 4 stars from me.
Reviewer: Dave B 1986 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2013
Subject: holy cr**!
thanks to "some dark hollow" for the suggestion in the comments. This show smokes. Its nearly all excellent. From Passenger through Samson, Jerry finds the "shred" knob on the guitar and pushes it to Spinal Tap type intergers. 11! Thanks for the tip, made my day. Also, great recording, great sound.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2011
Subject: Excellent
I had a tape of this show when I was younger and remembered this as one of my favourites. Most of that was on the strength of the post-space Truckin->Black Peter->GDTRFB which is absolutely fantastic. Note the Spoonful jam coming out of Truckin. Maybe Jerry nixed that idea.
Great copy of a great show - thanks for posting!
Reviewer: jamgol - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2010
Subject: first show of 81
how sweet it was!
Reviewer: Operator 552 - - March 7, 2009
Subject: good show
Overall real good. Personally, I think Weir's slide on Red Rooster is noise. All those years trying to play the same damn solo... you'd think he'd eventually be able to do it.
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2009
Subject: Great sound, great performance
Great sound, great performance
Reviewer: SomeDarkHollow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2009
Subject: Wow
It's all good.

One of the best Matrix I've heard. The show blows up right out of the gate. Too many highlights to call out only one or two. This is what it's all about: Amazing show presented in Amazing sound quality. Thanks for the work.
Reviewer: 66 Bonneville - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2008
Subject: Creme de la Creme Baby Creme de la Creme
I have listened to hundreds of thousands of hours of shows & this is one of the absolute gems. The matrix recording is killer and the playing is unreal. Truly captures the flavor of what a spectacular show was like.

It sounds like Jerry is singing in your ear the whole time. The crowd mix is perfect. It sounds like you are at the show.

As for the tunes. They are all unbelievably played. While this is not my song of choice. The Rooster is the absolute best ever played. Jerry's rythm with Bob doing lead slide is unmatched. Then when they switch... The rest could only be cheapened by attempted description. Beyond it even.

If this show does not make the hair on your arms stand up forget about it.

Thanks to all who crafted this one.
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